Romans 5: And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
9 Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! 10 For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! 11 Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
There’s Hope In The Darkness
Romans 5, verses 3 & 4 teach that if we persevere in suffering then that builds character and Hope is a product of that character.
When we reverse the logic then we see that if we lack Hope, it is from a lack of character, and that lack of character comes from failing to persevere in suffering.
But as we read on we see that our Hope is founded in the assurance of God's love demonstrated by Christ's death for us sinners, and evidenced by the love poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit Whom He has given us.
And that assurance of God's love is the strength behind our perseverance in suffering.
We've come full-circle.
So if we fixate on the troubles in this world and become increasingly Hope-less, we can know that we need to devote ourselves to thinking on the powerful evidence of God's goodness and love for us. We will have renewed strength to persevere, grow in character, and become Hope-full; bringing glory to God.